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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Oct 21, 2009 4:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Over-Rated

5/11/78 Springfield is a pretty darn good show. It is rumored that the band consumed mescaline for it, so perhaps that is why it is well promoted in the community - thusly making it a candidate for being over-rated.

yet, it is a pretty hot show. lots of energy from the band on the opening CR&S and BIODTL. Slows down with a nice FOTD and LLR has a nice crescendo ending. Things mellow out for a while until the set ending LL>Supp which is quite snappy. Scarlet>Fire is nice with everybody definitely feeling the mescaline (?) by the last vocal jam in FOTM - high energy. Dancin' has Bobby coming in early and cracking everyone up for the rest of the song. Not Fade Away has some really nice riffs from Jerry that I haven't heard elsewhere and Stella Blue, while not being perfect, has a really emotional solo from Jerry.

I have a really nice AUD of this on my iPod: http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-05-11.aud.vernon.6317.sbeok.shnf

Hmm, I guess this over-rated stuff is all relative depending on whether you consistently listen to a certain show, thus giving it a well earned position of fantastic when there are thousands of others out there.